1979 in home video
1979 in home video:
|Years in home video:||1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982|
|Centuries:||19th century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Years:||1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982|
- Judge Warren J. Ferguson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California rules that home videotaping of free television for personal use is legal under U.S. copyright laws denying a claim brought by Universal Studios and The Walt Disney Company against Sony to halt the manufacture and sale of Betamax videocassette recorders. The ruling was overturned in part by the Ninth Circuit Court but later upheld in 1984 by the Supreme Court of the United States in Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc..
- Columbia Pictures forms its home entertainment division. It is known as Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment.
- 20th Century Fox purchases Magnetic Video, which in 1977 had become the first company to release pre-recorded films on videotape for consumer use.
- Distribution of Video 2000 products begins.
The following films were released on video on the following dates:
|Title||Notes / Format||Studio||Reference|
|15||Shenandoah||Laserdisc release||MCA DiscoVision (Universal)|||
|29||Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein||Laserdisc release||MCA DiscoVision (Universal)|||
|12||Duel (1971)||Laserdisc release||MCA DiscoVision (Universal)||N/A|
|Jaws 2||Laserdisc release||Laserdisc release|||
|16||American Graffiti||Laserdisc release||MCA DiscoVision (Universal)|||
|2||The Last Remake of Beau Geste||Laserdisc release||MCA DiscoVision (Universal)||N/A|
|Unknown||Samson and Delilah||VHS release||Paramount||N/A|
|Midnight Express||VHS release||Columbia||N/A|
|Superman: The Movie||VHS release||Warner Bros.||N/A|
|Charlotte's Web||VHS release||Paramount||N/A|
|Saturday Night Fever||VHS release||Paramount||N/A|
|The Anderson Tapes||VHS release||Columbia||N/A|
|Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown||VHS release||Paramount||N/A|
|100 Rifles||VHS release||Magnetic Video (20th Century Fox)||N/A|
- History of Media Technology (accessed 8 April 2011)
- Harwood, Jim (October 3, 1979). "Betamax(?) Court Victory". Daily Variety. p. 1.
- "Shenandoah". LaserDisc Database. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
- "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein". Amazon. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
- "Jaws 2". Amazon. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
- "American Graffiti". Amazon. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
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